Comic Broker Report – September 2013

It ‘s the end of the summer and safe to say that the market has cooled off.  This time of year is always tough as kids prepare to go back to school and parents buy pencils and paste rather than drop hundreds on 3D variants and other nonsense.  I would go on and on about the limited investment viability of such things but Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman!  Fans are seething but I love it.  Affleck has remade himself as a director and shown that he is a humble, competent actor.  With Zack Snyder having met with Frank Miller and the obvious age difference between Superman and Batman is it possible that a DKR might get made?  I doubt it but we all can hope.


Iron Man/Hulk/Fury


So in the past I have made my thoughts clear on Agent Coulson.  The new show starts soon and if it’s good I expect this fan favorite character’s limited comic appearances to increase in value. At this point both Battle Scars 1,6 and Iron Man: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 are NOT his first appearance in comics.  This forgotten issue from 2009 now has that honor.

Transformers 4 ( First Dinobots)


Transformers 4 is called Age of Extinction?  Looks like Grimlock and his buds might see a screen treatment.  As they are some of the more popular Autobots expect their first to get chewed up by speculators.

Amazing Spider-Man 344


Could Carnage ever make it into Sony’s Spidey plans?  There have been some rumors.  As we all know ASM 361 ( first and second print ) are key, but the first appearance of the man under the symbiotic alien was in this forgettable issue.

The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( all versions ) 11 & 11 second print


The J.A.R.V.I.S. AI is one of the best parts of the Iron Man trilogy and now that we know Ultron is the Avenger 2 villain and that there are no plans to adapt his comic origin, it is quite a big guess as to what the metallic monster’s origin will be.  Some believe that J.A.R.V.I.S. will be central to the storyline.  If it’s true his first comic appearance is in issue 10 ( as Rescue ).  He then makes himself known to Pepper Potts when she wears the Rescue armor for the first time at the beginning of issue 11.  It’s a long shot but one never knows….

NFL Rush Zone FCBD


Ever heard of Skyward?  Internet sales of issue one variants have breached the 100 dollar mark.  Even the regular covers have low print runs.  A kids comic this good is rare and worth the investment.   Action Labs previewed it in the 2013 NFL Rush Zone FCBD issue making it the first Football comic worth anything.

Ame Comi ( vol.1 Issues 2,3 )


In the past few decades only a few characters have become so popular that they generate a frenzy amongst collectors.  Go to any convention and you will see that Deadpool and Harley Quinn often receive the most cosplay.  The characters people love to dress up as illustrates massive fan bases that cannot be ignored.  As a result, a heavily overprinted comic  like New Mutants 98 can sustain ungraded sales of 75 or more.

The Ame Comi version of Duela Dent is fast becoming a favorite amongst girls who cosplay.  DC would be smart to recognize this and integrate her into the mainstream DCU.  Instead we have been given the Joker’s Daughter who may or may not be Duela.  There are many versions of the character but the steampunk version from these comics is the most admired.



Comic Broker Report – April 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report: April 2013

By Topher Seal

As my wife and I prepare our Groot and Rocket Raccoon costumes for this year’s Boston Con we realized that creating giant trees and massive guns out of PVC pipe and cardboard is a hassle.  This lead to a bet.  I believe that Rocket Raccoon is the next big comic character to enjoy mainstream success.  She’s putting her money on Doop.   She may be better than me at Killer Instinct Gold but I win all the bets and she knows it. So with so many awesome comics to speculate on this month I dedicate this article to my wife who personally approved all these selections with the exception of X-Force 116 ( newsstand ) which I see no reason to include.

Iron Man 54 ( First Moondragon )


I realize that not all members of the GOTG will be appearing in the film but with so many of Marvel’s Cosmic properties getting love it’s hard not to want this gem.  What I love about it is that the very next issue is one of the most sought after books on the market. If you want to own all the cosmic first appearances you have to buy the ones that fly under the radar too.  Personally I pass on Avengers 112 ( first Mantis ) and Micronauts 1 ( first Bug ).  I see too many copies of those books to recommend a buy.

Tales of Suspense 75 ( first Agent 13 and Batroc )

tales 75

George St Pierre is having a good month, first he retains his title against the laughable Nick Diaz and then we find out he’s playing the Captain America 2 villain  Batroc formerly of the French Foreign Legion!   I just hope the costume is exactly like the one he wears in the comics! It’s a strange casting and character to use and that’s why I love it!  This issue can still be found relativity cheap but I wouldn’t wait to buy.

Spawn 9 ( Newsstand only )


God I cannot believe I am recommending a Spawn book but when Neil Gaiman says Angela is coming to Marvel collectors should pay close attention.  Once upon a time this comic was a hot commodity but like many from the 90’s it cooled off quick. A lot of negativity has been swarming around this character move but when she’s written by Gaiman it could be huge.  There are even rumors that she will be moved to the GOTG team after her introduction in the Age of Ultron!  Here’s the problem though…a ton of these were printed. For now it’s selling well  on the back issue market but how long can that last once the glut arrives?   The good thing is that there’s a newsstand version and it’s not that easy to find.

The Activity 1

I have to mention this Image dud only because it is generating a lot of heat online.  Issue one is selling for big money and the other issues are not far behind.  The only problem?  It’s not a quality read.  Seriously, this comic is poorly written and drawn. I’m not impressed by it and see it’s success as an anomaly in the marketplace.  If you can buy for pennies and flip for big coin then by all means do.  Hold at your own risk if you buy high, ( this book gets no picture because frankly it doesn’t deserve the time  and effort to track one down )

Adventures into Fear 13 ( First Nexus of all Realities )


Savage Tales 1 ( First Ellen Brandt )

tales 1

Unless you are a fan of Man-Thing then you likely don’t know who Ellen Brandt is.  She’s been cast in the new Iron Man 3 film and is directly responsible for creating Man-Thing while trying to replicate the Super Soldier Serum.  Instead she helps create the Man-Thing,  guardian of the Nexus of Realities!  If you don’t know what that is I suggest you start with the issue above!  How Brandt will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but she’s connected to A.I.M. which will play a roll  and she also has connections to Doctor Strange who is going to be part of Marvel’s future film Phases!

Tales of Suspense 78 ( First A.I.M. )


See above!!!

The Incredible Hulk 272 ( Rocket Raccoon  appearance )

hulk 272

Recently I have beaten the importance of RR to death but here’s one more nugget for those who see Disney’s marketing potential for a wise cracking Raccoon with big guns.  Just try and remember how few appearance of him there are prior to the Annihilation events.  We all know that his first color appearance is in issue 271 but he also appears in flashback in the very next book!

The Incredible Hulk Annual 5  & Weird World Tales 19


More GROOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strange Tales 144


Actor Maximiliano Hernandez appeared as Agent Sitwell in the Marvel Studios shorts “The Consultant” and “Item 47.” With no Agent Coulson around Sitwell will be reprising his roll in Captain America 2.  Unlike Coulson who’s first appearance could be in Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield, Battle Scars 1 or 6, Sitwell’s first appearance is clearly defined.  Buy low and hold friends.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 ( First Peter Parker’s Parents )

sr There is a 2nd Print ( Stridex Ad on Back cover )

If you have seen the most recent film then you know that Peter’s Father was the focal point of the after credit sequence.  Could this plot point lead to major implications down the line?  Who knows but that shouldn’t stop you from tracking down this forgotten annual ( especially the rare 2nd print! )

Fantastic Four 206 ( First Nova Corps )


Of all the cosmic characters I want to see on film Nova is probably 11th on the list right behind Cosmo the Dog.  Whether he or his corps are utilized in the upcoming film remains a mystery but as usual it doesn’t hurt to own an undervalued Bronze Age beauty!

The Defenders 27,28 ( First Starhawk )


Will Stahawk play a role in Marvel’s GOTG?  Even if he doesn’t these books are great reads and can be found for next to nothing at most comic shops with a comprehensive back issue section.

The Sword that killed Damian Wayne

Damian Wayne’s recent death is a tragedy and it’s not because another Robin has been slain.  DC received a lot of mainstream press for the death and while that may have generated sales I don’t see it a wise long term strategy.  Yes the character can always be brought back but for now readers have lost one of the few bright spots in the entire DCU.  Anyone who reads these speculative articles knows how I feel about DC’s reboot and the mess it has created in terms of continuity.  I assure you that fans of Damian Wayne and Batman in general will feel the negative effects of killing off such a wonderfully crafted comic book youth.

Since it has been revealed that Damian was killed with a sword that has deep ties to the Wayne family the hunt has been on for the sword’s first appearance.  Grant Morrison revealed that the sword appears throughout DC’s Shadow of the Bat, specifically the issues from the 90’s.  Upon hearing this I pulled out the long box and read every issue.  The only swords I found are a cutlass used by ancestors of Bruce and the Sword of Dumas which looks similar but is NOT the sword in question.  Anyone care to find it?  Tweet me @Larfleeze and receive a prize if you are correct!





InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 8-3-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for the week of 8/3/11

Marvel cranks out the hype machine once again (seems like they do every week…….wait a sec, they do) with 2 “must get” comics. One they claim will be talked about for the next 10 years; S.H.I.E.L.D. #2. What happens on the exact day after day 3650? Do we stop talking about it? The second “must get” comic of the week is Amazing Spider-Man #667. Why is this comic one you should not pass up? -According to Marvel-. Maybe something to do with everyone having Spider powers and the whole Spider-Island push. Doesn’t sound like anything major, but probably a cool story nonetheless?

Rob Liefeld leads the way for the Independents this week. JUST like the old days too! Image Comics releases Infinite #1 with 6 variant covers! Ridiculous isn’t it? Who cares?! Like it or not it’s happening. Check out the Deluxe edition cover from Liefeld. Doesn’t that remind you of days gone…….ahhhh the absurd 90’s. In the NOT so absurd department is another Image comic coming out this week called Severed #1. A horror comic from Eisner nominated Scott Snyder with art by New York Times best selling artist Percy Jackson makes THIS comic a “must get.” Titan Comics releases a comic book of one of the most downright politically incorrect cartoons to ever hit the airwaves; Family Guy #1. If the inside of this comic is as disturbing as the show, it’s going to be……….awesome!!

Okay too many great covers this week, so if you’d like to check them out, click on the video.

Enjoy the music and nice pictures.

Music (Score)from the newly released Comic Book movie Cowboys and Aliens

See you next week! Invest wisely.